Meet the Consultants

CWPD staff
 
Rachel Alaynick
Rachel Alaynick
Major: Government

Rachel Alaynick (’20) is a government major with a soft spot for all things comedy. When not at the CWPD or laughing at stand-up comedy, you can find her reading a Simon Rich book, orchestrating elaborate pranks, writing short stories, or forcing her friends to do arts & crafts in the Hive. Rachel loves helping writers at any stage of the writing process, especially in brainstorming, as thinks it's the toughest (and most rewarding) stage. If you're looking for someone to bounce ideas off of, review your work with a hawklike attention to detail, or laugh at all your jokes, Rachel's your girl.

 
Jane Baldwin
Jane Baldwin
Major: Government and Literature

Jane is a Government and Literature major from the class of 2022. Her favorite place to write is anywhere that has food nearby -- Collins and the Hub are always safe bets. Outside of academics, you can catch her rooting on her hometown Yankees (go New York!) or at the gym with CMS Women’s Basketball.

 
Shreya Bhatnagar
Shreya Bhatnagar
Major: Psychology and International Relations

Shreya is an International Relations and Government major in the class of 2020. She loves all parts of the writing process but is particularly passionate about working on brainstorming the logic of an argument. Friends describe her as 'groovy' but she describes herself as 'hungry'. When she's not at the writing center, she's dancing in her room alone or browsing aimlessly through Wikipedia. On the weekends, you can find her hitting every beach town in SoCal.

 
Elena Castellanos
Elena Castellanos
Major: Government

Elena (’21) is a PPE major from Los Angeles, CA. On campus, Elena can be seen picking up a Coconut Crème Bowl of Soul at the Motley, nerding out over the latest redistricting news for her research at the Rose Institute, or attempting to stay on beat during spin at Roberts. Elena loves listening to political podcasts, re-watching Netflix food shows, and yelping her next food adventure. She enjoys helping students reverse outline their essays and become confident writers!

 
Sarah Ceja
Sarah Ceja
Major: Literature

Sarah is a first-year from Los Angeles, California. She is a literature major who aspires to one day become a teacher and a published author. On campus, she is involved with the CCE Tutoring Program, The Children's School, Mi Gente, and 1Gen. Aside from writing, Sarah enjoys learning new songs on the guitar, analyzing any and all types of poetry, discovering new music, and exploring all of the best places to eat in Los Angeles. She loves being part of the CWPD community and getting to know you all better through writing!

 
Ana Decky
Ana “Annie” Decky
Major: Government/Philosophy

Annie is in the class of 2022, from Yuma, Arizona. She discovered that reverse outlining could save her very jumbled essays through visiting the CWPD as a first year. Annie has loved her classes in Philosophy, Literature, and International Relations. Her hobbies include (convincingly) debating which dining hall is the best (Scripps Mallott being the right answer), pretending to work out at Roberts, and reading (mostly for homework, sometimes for fun). Annie is happy to help you with anything from essay structure to sentence flow, come say hi!

 
Rishi Raj Deva
Rishi Raj Deva
Major: Economics and Philosophy (Dual) with a sequence in Financial Economics

Rishi is a sophomore from Mumbai, India aspiring to major in PPE. He has always been fond of writing and loves to read others' work not only to help them, but also to gain invaluable insights to further improve his own. Rishi's strengths lie in critical and analytical writing, but he also enjoys all forms of expression and can often be found writing on just about anything when academics can spare him. He understands how difficult it is to show your writing to another person and, in this regard, appreciates any and all forms of writing by identifying the strengths in the work while pinpointing areas where there may be room for improvement. He strongly believes in working with, rather than for, others and makes sure to fully include the writer in each consultation. Even If you are just looking to brainstorm and consolidate your ideas, give Rishi a visit!

 
Maria Gutierrez-Vera
Maria Gutierrez-Vera
Major: Government/Literature

Maria is a Government/Literature major from the class of 2022, and hails from Los Angeles, CA. Her favorite aspect of the writing process is being able to translate thoughts into concrete arguments, as well as going through the library archives to find research. When she’s not reading or catching up on sleep you can find her at the Motley, bullet journal and chai latte (double espresso) in hand.

 
Romi Ferder
Romi Ferder
Major: Psychology & Philosophy

Romi is a senior from Irvine, CA. She is majoring in PPE and Psychology, but has racked up an impressive number of science classes that will be useful for neither major. She is a Head Consultant at the CWPD and a Student Manager at the Salvatori Center. She loves brainstorming with writers and working through arguments in papers. When she's not at the writing center, she can be found drinking boba at the Coop or rewatching Parks and Recreation for the millionth time. She can't wait to meet you!

 
Gabe Gluskin-Braun
Gabe Gluskin-Braun
Major: Undeclared

Gabe (’20) is a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major from Philadelphia and in addition to those he enjoys history and Middle East studies. He studied Arabic at CMC and spent a semester abroad in Jordan. On campus he captains the men's club ultimate frisbee team, the Claremont Braineaters, and is in the leadership of the Jewish spiritual group Nishmat on the Claremont Colleges. He enjoys rock climbing and skateboarding in his free time and loves taking trips into nature. He enjoys helping CMC students bring the best of themselves to their writing endeavors.

 
David Gushue
David Gushue
Major: Undecided

David is a member of the class of 2022 from Baltimore, Maryland, and is currently undecided. Being from the east coast, he enjoys working on his writing at the tables outside of the Honnold-Mudd library while soaking up the sun. When not outside of the library, you can find him exploring the nature around the Claremont area or watching any sport that is currently in season. He is a lover of all kinds of music and is more than happy to share with you the newest additions to his beloved Spotify playlist. He is incredibly excited to help CMCers with their writing and hopes to see you in the CWPD soon!

 
Cameron Hendrickson
Cameron Hendrickson
Major: Government

Cameron is a Government Major from the class of 2021. He favorite part of the writing process is editing a rough draft into a polished finished product. She is podcast-obsessed and is always looking for recommendations. She also loves Art History!

 
Jazmyn Juarez
Jazmyn Juarez
Major: Biology

Jazmyn is a Biology major from the class of 2022. She is from Norco, California, a 30-60-minute drive from Claremont, depending on the merciless Cali traffic. Before beginning any writing project, she treats herself to some macaroni and cheese or Jolly Ranchers! When she is not at the CWPD, you can find her in the lab, hopefully not spilling any hazardous chemicals, reading anything by Edgar Allan Poe, or on the swings at The Children’s School. She cannot wait to tackle a paper with you!

 
Erik Koltun
Erik Koltun
Major: Literature & Economics

Erik is a member of the class of 2021 and majors in Literature and Economics. Erik’s favorite part of the writing process is, after planning and beginning, being able to get locked into the rhythm of writing so it becomes an expressive and enjoyable process. If he is not at the CWPD, Erik is probably playing Spikeball or is watching Jeopardy in order to continue along his quest of learning all knowable knowledge. Erik is from Manhattan Beach, California, and pledges a loyal allegiance to all things Los Angeles.

 
Caity Kwun
Caity Kwun
Major: Neuroscience and History

Caity is Neuroscience and History dual major from the class of 2020. She likes to begin the writing process by compiling relevant information and then organizing this information into an outline. Furthermore, she likes to see how this outline eventually becomes a developed argument. When she isn't at CWPD, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors, discovering new music, brainstorming meal prep ideas, or all of the above.

 
Andrea Leibenhaut
Andrea Leibenhaut
Major: Government & Economics

Andrea is a potential Government and Economics dual major from the class of 2022. Her favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming essay ideas and talking through possible lines of argumentation. She also enjoys editing an assignment to ensure it is clear, concise, and logically organized. When she is not at the CWPD, you can find her reading in the Cube, talking about politics with friends, or playing ping pong at Roberts.

 
Chandler Presson
Chandler Presson
Major: Literature and History

Chandler is a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina majoring in Literature and History. While not at the CWPD, you can find her reading a book somewhere grassy on campus, writing for The Forum, in a board meeting for ASCMC, or arguing over the necessity of the Oxford comma (definitely a necessity). Chandler enjoys working at the CWPD because she believes every student has the ability to be confident in their writing. If you ever want to do some writing or grab some coffee, she can't wait to meet you!

 
Joaquin Riojas Zambrano
Joaquin Riojas Zambrano
Major: Government & Economics

Joaquin is a Government and Economics major in the class of 2022. His favorite part of writing is browsing the OED to find the perfect word, all while munching on Fig Newtons and sipping Earl Grey. Outside the CWPD you can find him cycling into the San Gabriel mountains or swimming laps at Axelrood pool with the CMS Swim & Dive team.

 
Courtney Reed
Courtney Reed
Major: Computer Science

Courtney is a Computer Science and Legal Studies major from the class of 2022. Her favorite place to work on her writing is the second floor of the Honnold Mudd Library with a coffee. When she’s not at the CWPD you can find her at the CARE Center or playing Mario Kart.

 
Giselle Reynoso
Giselle Reynoso
Major: Biology

Giselle is a Biology major on the Pre-med track from the class of 2022. Her favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming! She loves putting all of her ideas down on a blank piece of paper in the most colorful way possible. When she’s not in lab or writing a paper, she enjoys crafting handwritten letters, listening to music, and drinking (way too much) coffee. She can not wait to meet you!

 
Sophia Robinson
Sophia Robinson
Majors: Media Studies & History

Sophia is a senior from Washington, D.C., majoring in Media Studies. You can usually find her with a latte in hand, frantically typing an essay in Poppa, or reading in the History offices. She dabbles in animation and graphic design, plays Bananagrams competitively, and has a crippling coffee addiction. Sophia will read anything from your FWS paper to your thesis, and has a special talent for unscrambling messy outlines.

 
Zoey Ryu
Zoey Ryu
Major(s): Government & Literature; Ethics Sequence + Korean (Language Help)

Zoey is a dual citizen of America and South Korea and calls both places “home.” She loves traveling and if you talk to her about possible destinations, she will try and convince you to visit her in Korea. You can get her to attend any event, as long as there is free coffee. In her free time, she writes minimalist poetry, takes walks, listens to Broadway music, and teaches yoga. She can’t wait to meet you at CWPD!

 
Yoana Sidzhimova
Yoana Sidzhimova
Major: International Relations

Yoana is a freshman from Glenview, IL, majoring in International Relations. In addition to working at the CWPD, Yoana is on Claremont McKenna's Model UN team and works as an analyst for the Claremont Consulting Group. In her free time, Yoana loves finding new coffee shops with pleasant study environments that feed her love for caffeine. Yoana likes the new perspective on writing the CWPD grants her and enjoys bonding with peers who have a passion for improving their writing. If you have a love for foreign policy and inquiring into the motives behind nations' actions, don't be afraid to eagerly approach Yoana wherever you might see her!

 
Jensen Steady
Jensen Steady
Major: Government & Economics

Jensen is a Government major from the class of 2022! His favorite part of the writing process is tightening up a piece of writing after receiving feedback, and being able to feel even better about his final product because of that effort. Apart from the CWPD, Jensen researches at the Rose Institute and loves discussing politics and good movies. In his free time, he loves biking, reading, board games, and occasionally dabbles with the electric guitar. He would love to help you on any stage of the writing process!

 
Julie Tran
Julie Tran
Major: Government + Literature

Julie is a Government and Literature Dual in the class of 2020. She writes the best when she has had her dose of coffee (Vietnamese coffee is the BEST) followed with a black milk tea with boba (if she did this every time she wrote though, she'd be a broke student with high-quality content). She loves to karaoke, discuss thesis statements and topic sentences, and spend her paychecks on Crocs.

 
Sofia Trigo
Sofia Trigo
Major: PPE

Sofia (’20) is a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major with an interest in literature and history. Growing up in New York City means Sofia loves meeting new people, eating great food, and drinking coffee. At CMC, Sofia works as a journalist for the Kravis Leadership Institute, a reporter for "The Forum" newspaper, and a writer for bi-partisan publication "The Radius". Off campus, Sofia loves to travel, to play soccer, and to watch "Curb Your Enthusiasm." She loves being part of the CWPD community and enjoys building meaningful connections with student-writers. When Sofia is not at the center find her at her favorite work spot: the hub with an iced coffee in hand!

 
Melanie Wolfe
Melanie Wolfe
Major: Government

Melanie is a sophomore hailing from South Florida and majoring in Government with a Public Policy sequence, which she can assure you is way more fun than it sounds! She loves political science, but also numbers...and definitely chocolate. You can find her baking in Janie's kitchen, reading ebooks from the various libraries from which she (mostly legally) has acquired cards, or working on policy programming for the new 5C chapter of the Roosevelt Institute network. She'd love to read your papers about government, philosophy, or the world, and if you really can't find her, just track down her planner, in which every moment of her day is accounted for.

 
Benjamin Wolters
Benjamin Wolters
Major: Biology

Ben ('21) studies Philosophy and Neuroscience. He is an approachable consultant who understands that the writing process can seem daunting to anybody. As a CWPD consultant, he strives to help students see the liberating side of writing that they sometimes lose sight of when working on academic papers. Ben particularly enjoys untangling and deepening complicated ideas in the prewriting stage. He loves the feeling of awe that he gets from transforming a simple idea into a clear and powerful argument. Outside of school, you will find Ben working in a psych lab, reading philosophy, or reminiscing on his days as a baseball player. I you are looking to talk about ideas and become a more concise writer, give Ben a visit!

 
Jayson Yasukochi
Jayson Yasukochi
Major: IR & Accounting

Jayson is an International Relations and Accounting major from the class of 2022. His favorite spot on campus to work on writing is usually in the Asian Library at Honnold-Mudd; however, any quiet area with natural lighting suffices. Outside of CWPD, Jayson can be seen listening to basketball podcasts (his favorites are the Bill Simmons Podcast, the Lowe Post, and the Dunc’d On Podcast), reading about East Asian politics, or drinking copious amounts of Health-Aid kombucha. If you want to talk about the applications of the semicolon or Montrezl Harrell’s true shooting percentage, Jayson is your guy!